Yiannis Venardis
Edinburgh Counsellor and Psychotherapist



About Me

What is our life all about? What makes it fulfilling and meaningful? What is the place of pain in our lives? What is the place of happiness? How is this all making sense to ourselves, to our loved ones and to the rest of the world? Picking up from such questions I have embarked on my personal search.

For a good part of my life I have worked as a musician. I was privileged to gain first-hand knowledge in group dynamics while witnessing the transformative powers of combined multi-sensory experiences. While doing so, questions began to emerge as to how my world and that of others get to interact with each other. What makes sense and what gives those worlds substance? And why?

In the process I discovered that sharing those questions can be revealing and liberating. Eventually, becoming a therapist enabled me to embark on a journey with the people who honour me by presenting me with their own questions. I was provided with an exciting pathway for reaching into others, helping them open their own doors of self-discovery, of revelation and liberation all while, doing so for myself.


I am following an integrated approach combining elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic and Person Centered Counselling and Existential Therapy. My view of psychotherapy is that of exploration, leading to discovery and consecutively to transformation. To this goal I assist my clients in exploring how their beliefs on life’s circumstances are responsible for how those circumstances and related difficulties are interpreted. Setting realistic, workable goals and attaining them. My clients are encouraged to set their own questions on their unique experience of life whilst developing their individual ways to do so. While engaging in the above processes, clients are helped realize the specific power their notions and images hold for them. And then discover how those elements, while hidden under everyday life, shape it and direct it. In my therapeutic work care is taken to explore aspects relating to clients’ wider context of themselves and their lives. Helping clients identify relevant areas on the nature of their goals and their expected rewards.                        


I have a BA in Law from the University of Thrace, Greece; Vocational Training in Psychology, KASE, Athens, Greece; Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict, Social Development and Health, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh; COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills; SCOTACS Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork – a CBT Approach, The Centre of Therapy, Glasgow.


I have been working as an addictions counsellor at HMP Edinburgh since 2014. During my placement I have facilitated a number of alcohol groups. Also, for seven years I have been working supporting vulnerable adults attain independence and life skills. In the past I have held a volunteer counselling post with Medecins Du Monde.


I have experience with a number of conditions including depression, anxiety, phobias, anger, addictions and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).


I am a registered member of COSCA and SSSC.


£45 for 60 minutes. A minimum payment of £20 is required for first appointments in order to cover the room charge.

Payments can be made by cash or card.



I work from the Life Academy Wellbeing Centre at 3B Greenhill Park, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh EH10 4DW. The Centre is situated in a transport hub and is easily accessible by bus or car. Free, private parking is available on request.



To make an appointment or discuss whether I am the right therapist for you, please complete the form below. I will try to respond to you within three days.
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